Roy's Postcards: 1989/05/23


Dear Leonard,
This guy sure has pointed eyebrows, doesn't he? Or is it a she?

I sure hope the baking soda helps my pumpkin grow. If it kills the plant, you are in BIG trouble!
I love you.

Postcard back:

Triceratops (Cretaceous period). From an original painting by Matthew Kalmenoff.

Leonard's comments:

So, in 1989 my dad and I each planted a pumpkin in the garden, and competed to see whose pumpkin would grow larger. Not realizing that this was a contest with relatively little role for innovation on my part, I dusted my dad's pumpkin with baking soda, in hopes that it would look like some kind of fungus or smut was stunting the pumpkin's growth. I remember my dad being really angry about this, but this postcard seems to show him taking a tongue-in-cheek attitude. The kind of tongue-in-cheek attitude that always terrified me because he was so damn good at keeping deadpan.

I'm tagging this picture best-of because of the great Triceratops painting, not because of the embarrassing story.

See also: dinosaurs best-of

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